Monday, August 5, 2013
Deadly Boating While Intoxicated
Earlier this year the U.S. Coast Guard announced that of the 109 of the 651 people, 17 percent, who died in boat crashes nationwide last year, alcohol was a major factor. Just like cars, the legal B.A.C. limit for operating boats is 0.08 percent.
“As a result of these factors, a boat operator with a blood alcohol concentration above .10 percent is estimated to be more than 10 times as likely to die in a boating accident than an operator with zero blood alcohol concentration. Passengers are also at greatly increased risk for injury and death—especially if they are also using alcohol,” the Coast Guard states.
Six people were on a 21-foot Stingray powerboat in the Hudson River on their way to Tarrytown, N.Y. They struck three connected barges in the water by the Tappan Zee Bridge in Piermont, N.Y. Jojo John, 35, of Nyack, N.Y., the intoxicated operator of the boat, was charged with vehicular manslaughter and vehicular assault.